Maybe this is why he picked the arbitrary August 2 deadline to increase the debt ceiling. 

He doesn’t want to miss his August 3 birthday fundraiser by having to spend time at work dealing with the likes of Eric Cantor.  Hey, there are priorities and then there are priorities.

Which means that on August 3, the very day Obama says he may decide not to send out social security checks, Obama gladly will be pocketing checks from campaign donors.

Via The Chicago Sun Times (h/t Rusty):

President Obama returns to Chicago on Aug. 3 to mark his 50th birthday with fund-raisers at the Aragon Ballroom, with tickets ranging from $50 a person to $35,800 per couple, which includes VIP seating at a “Birthday Concert” where celebs will be performing and a dinner with the president.

The fundraiser at the Aragon, the historic ballroom in Uptown, will be one of the biggest third quarter events, expected to draw in national supporters. Obama’s 50th birthday is Aug. 4….

The event is multi-tiered: There is a concert at 4 p.m.–Foster said songstress Jennifer Hudson may perform–for the basic $50 contribution, of which there is supposed to be “limited availability.”

For $10,000, a person gets a souvenir photo with Obama at a reception and preferred seating at the concert. For $1,000 a person gets seated in a “premium section” with a “hosted bar.” A general admission ticket is $200.

The events are a benefit for the Obama Victory Fund 2012, a joint Obama 2012 re-election campaign/Democratic National Committee fund.

Is there anything in his life which is not a fundraising opportunity?

Update:   Via JammieWearingFool, ABC is reporting that the party will go on only if the debt ceiling issue is resolved.  Sure, now they’re saying it because he’s been called out on it.


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